Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today it's down to three or four minutes. The main reason for this increased hazard is that the synthetic (oil-based) materials that are now mainly used to build houses, or to manufacture household appliances and furniture will burn a lot faster. Burning behaviour and the restistance to heat and flames are also important properties of protective clothing and gloves, nightwear, toys and the interior of (public) transportation means.

Centexbel's fire laboratory is completely equipped to analyse the burning behaviour of textiles and plastics, and to issue the necessary certificates.

In conformity with the applying national and international standards and with the European regulations, Centexbel carries out tests which results are valid in all EU member countries, the United Kingdom, the United States ...

The speed of fire

Castor chair test

Evaluation of the change of appearance and stability of a textile floor covering or any damage caused by detachment of layers, opening of joints, or crazing of a resilient or laminate floor covering under the movement of a castor chair. ISO 4918: Resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings - Castor chair test EN 425: Resilient and Laminate Floor Coverings - Castor Chair Test

Charpy & Izod Impact tests

There are two types of test use for testing the Impact resistance of any material one is Izod Impact resistance test and other is Charpy Impact resistance test. Both of them use the same principle to test the Impact resistance of any material but still there are may difference in them and our today's article will show these difference between Izod and Charpy Impact testing

Chemical safety of textiles and plastics

The globalisation of the textile and plastic converting industry makes it increasingly difficult and complex to control the production flow and to exactly know the products (chemicals) that have been used. Morevover, consumers and their organisations want to be informed about the composition of the products they buy and demand that they do not contain harmful substances.

Colour fastness

Colour fastness is an important demand and refers to the resistance of colour to fade or bleed of a dyed or printed textile materials to various types of influences including water, light, rubbing, washing, perspiration, etc. to which they are normally exposed during textile manufacturing and in daily use.

Comfort assessment

The comfort of textiles and garments is the result of both psychological aspects (design, fit, quality, aesthetics) and physiological aspects, including thermophysiological and sensorial (softness, suppleness) comfort. Thermophysiological comfort is the result of the heat and moisture transfer through the textile that will regulate the body’s temperature, and is an important feature in clothing and especially in sportswear and professional (protective) clothing.

Composite materials

Polymer composites are made from a textile reinforcement in a polymer matrix. Centexbel-VKC dispose of the adequate equipment and material expertise to perform detailed analyses of fibre reinforced composites and the materials they are are made from.

Cross-Cut tester

The cross-cut test is a method for determining the resistance of paints and coatings to separation from substrates by utilizing a tool to cut a right angle lattice pattern into the coating, penetrating all the way to the substrate.

Cut resistance of Protective Gloves

Technical and high performance fibres are used to obtain a very high level of cut resistance. To take into account the continous innovetions and material developments, the testing procedures to assess the mechanical resistance of protective gloves has been adapted.

Dimensional stability of carpet tiles

The resistance to dimensional variation due to the effects of water and heat conditions is an essential requirement of carpet tiles.

Dimensional stability of resilient floorcoverings

Test method to determine the dimensional stability and curling of resilient floor coverings, in the form of sheets, tile or planks after exposure to heat.